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LGBT allies ask U.S. Supreme Court to quash a Mississippi law that lets people refuse service to gay couples

Advocates of same-sex marriage are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a new Mississippi law that lets government workers and business people cite their own religious objections to refuse services to LGBT people. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was filed within hours of when the law took effect Tuesday. Legal experts say it’s the broadest religious-objections ...

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Hall bemoans lack of effort to fix highways, bridges

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall donned a red “Make Mississippi roads great again” hat Monday as he talked about the state’s transportation needs and the Legislature’s unwillingness to tackle the issue. Hall said some in the Legislature must think his multiple warnings that the state needs to spend significantly more on transportation are ...

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State revenue ahead of pace through 1st quarter

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal State revenue collections for the first quarter of the current budget year are $30.7 million or 2.6 percent above the amount collected during the same time period last year. Revenue collections through September recently were made available by the staff of the Legislative Budget Committee. The Budget Committee reports show modest growth in revenue ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: State contract review process still floundering

Just when you thought it might finally be safe to swim in Mississippi’s contractual storm waters, the MDE and Mississippi True contracts erupted.   As reported by The Clarion-Ledger, “both State Auditor Stacey Pickering and the state’s legislative watchdog ‘PEER’ committee blasted the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and vowed further investigation into its contracting and purchasing.”    PEER questioned ...

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Hurst confirmed as top US prosecutor in south Mississippi

Mike Hurst has been confirmed as the new U.S. attorney for the southern half of Mississippi. The state’s two U.S. senators, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, announced Wednesday that Hurst was confirmed late Tuesday by unanimous consent in the Senate. Hurst is director of the Mississippi Justice Institute, part of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. He was an assistant ...

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Republican wins Mississippi House seat in special election

An open seat in the Mississippi House remains in Republican control after a special election to replace a representative who became the mayor of Hattiesburg. Missy Warren McGee, a one-time legislative aide to former Sen. Trent Lott, defeated social worker Kathryn Rehner in Tuesday’s runoff in House District 102 in Forrest and Lamar counties. Neither candidate had any previous electoral ...

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State law allowing clerks to not issue marriage license set to go into effect

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The state’s 82 circuit clerks, starting Friday, can refuse to issue marriage licenses based of their religious objection after the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to block a controversial Mississippi law. Opponents say the law will discriminate against same-sex couples and say they will continue to fight it. Under the specifications of ...

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Analysis: Mississippi could have tough 2018 Senate race

Mississippi’s most recent Republican primary for U.S. Senate was hard-fought and ugly, and it might be a preview of things to come in 2018. State Sen. Chris McDaniel came close to unseating longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in 2014 by portraying the Appropriations Committee chairman as a big-spending Washington insider who belonged to an out-of-touch political elite. Voters ultimately chose ...

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Uncertainty in Mississippi before health insurance sign-up

The federal health insurance market for individuals won’t open for enrollment until Nov. 1, but regulators, insurers and those who help Mississippians find coverage are already dealing with waves of uncertainty. In the latest development, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pulled out of meetings around the state organized by the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program. Those meetings were ...

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State’s federal delegation praises GOP tax overhaul framework

By CALEB BEDILLION / Daily Journal  Guidelines for tax reform released last week by the White House and congressional leaders are winning praise from most of Mississippi’s federal lawmakers. President Donald Trump’s administration and key committees from the U.S. House and Senate have released a set of guidelines that sketch out a rough draft of legislation intended to overhaul the ...

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